DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
• Little Wounded Warrior (57 min, USA)
Directed and Produced by Seth McClellan; Co Produced by Mark Heizel
As Pine Ridge Indian Reservation faces the lasting effects of inter-generational trauma as well as a recent teen suicide epidemic, the voices of Little Wound High School students rise up in hope through their traditions, language, and the Lakota warrior heritage. http://thorncreekproductions.com
Notes: Good for awareness on teen suicide.
• Mele Murals (1 hour 07 min, USA)
Directed by Tadashi Nakamura and Produced by Keoni Lee
“Mele Murals" is a feature documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.
Notes: Good for people interested in cultural preservation through art.
• The Good Mind (1 hr 06 min, USA)
Directed by Gwendolen Cates
Rarely has the Onondaga Nation in central New York State opened its doors to non-Native people. Filmmaker Gwendolen Cates offers this intimate portrait of an indigenous sovereign nation that never accepted U.S. citizenship, has its own passport, and still maintains a traditional government led by clanmothers and chiefs. As the Central Fire of the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the world’s first true democracies, they inspired the Founding Fathers. The film’s journey reveals the Nation’s tireless environmental advocacy, and their legal battle with the U.S. over ancestral land taken by New York State in violation of a 1794 treaty with George Washington. Motivated by ancient prophecies, the Nation seeks environmental stewardship of their sacred land and waters, which have suffered vast degradation by industrial resource extraction and pollution. The film follows Onondaga leaders and young people, and their longtime advocate, a civil rights attorney, from the Nation to NYC, DC and Europe, as they fight for justice
Notes: Good for people interested in Native American, Native Aboriginal Peoples.
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS (under 25’)
• Our Last Refuge (24 min, USA)
Documentary, Nature, Conservation
Directed by Daniel Glick, Produced by Casey Perkins
Our Last Refuge tells the story of the Badger-Two Medicine, the sacred homeland of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and the decades-long struggle to protect it from oil and gas exploration. The film features voices from all sides of the struggle - Blackfeet elders, local conservationists, and even the law firm pushing for oil exploration. All together, they chronicle the epic saga of this unique landscape, stretching back millennia, and the current legal challenge, the outcome of which could determine the fate of sensitive and sacred lands nationwide. One of the highest profile conservation struggles in recent history, Our Last Refuge is the first in-depth telling of this critical story at a moment in time when the stakes are at their highest. http://ourlastrefuge.org/ourlastrefuge/
Notes: Good for people interested in nature and conservation.
• JAAT SDIIHLYL'LXA Woman Who Returns (10 min, Canada)
Directed by Heather Hatch; Produced by Frederick Kroetsch
In order to become a member of her Haida clan, an Edmonton woman must first sew a traditional blanket with her grandmother.
Notes: Good for people interested in Canadian indigenous culture.
• Fire With Fire (15 min 2 sec, Australia)
Documentary Short Film
Directed by Emma Masters
Aboriginal people in northern Australia have combined traditional knowledge with modern technology to develop a revolutionary, world-first approach to reducing carbon emissions.
Notes: Good for people interested in Australia's Native Aboriginal Peoples and environmental issues.
• A Last Stand For Lelu (24 min, Canada)
Documentary Short Film
Directed by Farhan Umedaly and Tamo Campos
A great injustice is being done on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C., the sacred and traditional territory of the Lax Kw'alaams people for over 10,000 years. The B.C. provincial government is trying to green light the construction of a massive LNG terminal on the island – Pacific Northwest LNG, backed by Malaysian energy giant Petronas, without consent.
Notes: Good for those interested in Canadian Indigenous Peoples and environmental enthusiasts.
NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
• Waabooz (20 min, USA)
Narrative Short Film
Directed by Molly Katagiri
Produced by Molly Katagiri, Tammy Hollingsworth, and Sharyn Steele
Twelve year-old Rabbit spends most of his days, drawing, collecting comics, and avoiding the teasing of his peers. Insecure and shy, Rabbit dreads dancing in the upcoming powwow and begins to draw Waabooz, a superhero that embodies his desired self; bold and unafraid. Through traditional storytelling, imagination and a little magic, Rabbit’s mysterious Grandfather helps bring Waabooz to life http://www.waaboozmovie.com
Notes: Good for people interested in Native Americans, Children, Senior, Youth
• Five Dollars (12 min 1 sec, USA)
Narrative Short Film, Drama, Thriller, Action
Directed, Written and Produced by Ty Coughenour
A father watching over his estranged son for the Summer encounter a couple of criminals on the run on his rural ranch in Washington.
Notes: Good for those interested Native American culture and inspirational stories.
The opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily reflect the views of the One Nation Film Festival. All films selected and shown are Unrated (UR).